The fantasy playoffs are now here for everybody! Hopefully you are taking place in them. If not, there is always next year, and hopefully your commissioner had the foresight to have some incentive to actually try in the losers’ bracket such as including some draft implications.
No matter why you are still trying to win, we have this weeks’ starts and sits for you.
Chris Carson, RB, Seahawks: Carson may have hit a tough part of his schedule over recent weeks, but he gives you a matchup you can’t pass up just in time for playoff season. He is facing the Panthers, who allow the most fantasy points per week to opposing running backs, according to Fantasy Pros. The other thing going for Carson is Rashaad Penny has been shutdown for the season, which means he should end up with as many touches as he can handle.
Kenny Golladay, WR, Lions: Like Carson, Golladay is going to have more opportunities with one of the players he is competing with for fantasy points the most with Marvin Jones Jr., being shut down for the year. Golladay will also be facing a Bucs defense that gives up 31.4 fantasy points per week to opposing wide receivers. It also helps that over the last seven weeks he has reached the end zone six times.
Tyler Higbee, TE, Rams: Is it a coincidence that Jared Goff has caught fire since Higbee started filling in for Gerald Everett at tight end? Probably. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be starting this guy. You have to monitor whether Everett will be active on Sunday or not, but Higbee is well worth the risk. He has gone over 100 yards in both of his starts and has had seven receptions in both games as well. He may not end up continuing tat trend this week, but he is proving himself to be a guy to watch next year in fantasy with a strong finish to this season.
- Lions defense against the Bucs
- Cardinals defense against the Browns
- Raiders defense against the Jaguars
Tyler Boyd, WR, Bengals: The Patriots take away what opposing teams do best most of the time. That may be the running game for Cincinnati right now, but when the Bengals throw the ball, Boyd is the team’s best option. With Auden Tate heading to injured reserve, Boyd is the only receiver who sees consistent targets that is able to catch those contested throws that Andy Dalton loves to toss. New England is smart enough to force Dalton and the Bengals to beat them throwing it to the other receivers not named Boyd.
Bo Scarbrough, RB, Lions: Scarbrough saw a significant amount of touches compared to the next running back on Sunday for the Lions. He had 20 touches compared to the next running back’s five. He only had 70 yards on those touches those, and things don’t get much easier this week against Tampa Bay’s defense that holds opposing running backs to the lowest weekly average of any team in the NFL. Scarbrough looked to have a promising opportunity ahead of him when he took over in Week 11, but the schedule just had him facing too many rough matchups in a row.
Marlon Mack, RB, Colts: Mack was a touchdown-dependent play against the Bucs last week, and he ended up scoring. He will be played in the same way this week against the Saints, who are the fourth toughest matchup for opposing running backs to face. Mack came back and dominated the fight for touches among running backs last week with 13. He only rushed for 38 yards with those carries though with no catches to help his PPR value. Had it not been for his touchdown last week, no one would even think of playing him this week.